This was such a wonderful book. Honestly, I had meant to clean up the review a lot sooner, but I started reading ACOMAF right away, and didn’t get around to it. I actually wrote the ACOMAF review first (anticipation), and it is much more structured and complete. This is a general stream of consciousness type of review on my thoughts for this lovely story. Let me know what you think in comments. Let’s fangirl (or fanboy) together!
The book I needed to bring me out of my slump. A wondrous reminder as to why I love Sarah J. Maas so so much!
Characters: there is always so much detail to each of S.J. Maas’ book characters and it makes me love them so much. Every character, no matter how minor, seems to have an extreme backstory, motivation, and a depth that most books don’t even brush the surface of.
- Feyre is a strong character with weaknesses. I like her name. I like how bold she is and how it almost gets her killed every time.
- The creativity in all of the beasts and monsters. Also, the way she reveals the monster inside each character and how they fall apart. Faeries can be destroyed and have weaknesses too.
The characters slowly, but surly warm up to each other.
They all have stereotypes about each other’s species and prejudices but they end up being wrong.
Plot: it is so simply complex and I have been surprised multiple times. When I can guess the plot, or what is going to happen, I am not disappointed. (Also, I guessed the riddle a few pages after I read it, not to brag or anything.)
What would you do for love?
ALL THE FEELS!
I feel like there is no way to not grow attached to the characters and their attachments to each other. All of the relationships and enemyships in the story are felt very deeply.
(Oh snap sass)
“He also said that you like being brushed, and if I’m a clever girl, I might train you with treats.” (158)
“Because your human joy fascinates me–the way you experience things, in your life span, so widely and deeply and all at once, is… entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.” (172)
“‘I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.’” (248)
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.” (414)
- Unwanted steaminess in a couple of scenes… skip skip skip